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Linking to downloadable resources


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Up and Running with HTML

with James Williamson

Video: Linking to downloadable resources

Occasionally, you may want to give users the ability to download a file or resource on your site and most, of the time you can do this by simply using a basic link. Now, to show you how this works, we're going to use the resource.htm file, and you can find that in 04_03. Now you're also going to notice in this directory I have a folder called _assets, and inside that I have two files here. I have the PDF file and then I have the same PDF file that's zipped up. So most of the time when you link to a PDF file, people have the ability to look at that within their browser. But perhaps you want to give them the ability to also download this PDF file, so they can print about later on or do something else with it.
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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 29m 30s
    1. Learning HTML
      2m 47s
    2. Choosing a code editor
      5m 2s
    3. Exploring basic HTML syntax
      8m 18s
    4. Do I need to learn HTML5?
      5m 6s
    5. Exploring HTML references
      8m 17s
  3. 35m 40s
    1. Exploring an HTML document
      5m 19s
    2. Working with doctype declarations
      4m 3s
    3. Examining the document head
      8m 20s
    4. Looking at the document body
      3m 21s
    5. Adding document structure
      8m 52s
    6. Lab: Coding a basic page
      3m 9s
    7. Solution: Coding a basic page
      2m 36s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. How does HTML format text?
      5m 51s
    2. Adding headings
      7m 24s
    3. Formatting paragraphs
      4m 54s
    4. Controlling line breaks
      3m 50s
    5. Creating lists
      10m 37s
    6. Emphasizing text
      6m 42s
    7. Displaying special characters
      5m 8s
    8. Controlling whitespace
      4m 35s
    9. Inserting images
      9m 20s
    10. Lab: Controlling page content
      13m 57s
    11. Solution: Controlling page content
      10m 55s
  5. 31m 54s
    1. Linking to pages within your site
      6m 45s
    2. Linking to external pages
      3m 2s
    3. Linking to downloadable resources
      2m 25s
    4. Linking to page regions
      8m 0s
    5. Lab: Creating Links
      5m 57s
    6. Solution: Creating Links
      5m 45s
  6. 40m 27s
    1. Examining basic table structure
      5m 10s
    2. Adding content to tables
      6m 20s
    3. Setting table attributes
      7m 42s
    4. Adding table captions
      4m 3s
    5. Defining table headers
      2m 13s
    6. Making table data accessible
      5m 46s
    7. Lab: Building tables
      4m 13s
    8. Solution: Building tables
      5m 0s
  7. 43m 23s
    1. Understanding the relationship between HTML and CSS
      4m 58s
    2. Creating inline styles
      4m 53s
    3. Exploring the style element
      5m 13s
    4. Basic font styling
      9m 24s
    5. Changing color
      4m 55s
    6. Taking styles further
      5m 24s
    7. Lab: Controlling basic styles
      5m 10s
    8. Solution: Controlling basic styles
      3m 26s
  8. 5m 44s
    1. Next steps
      2m 56s
    2. Additional resources
      2m 48s

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Up and Running with HTML
4h 32m Beginner Oct 19, 2012

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This course is designed to quickly lead you through the steps of building an HTML website, from creating a new page to building links and tables. Author James Williamson simplifies the coding process, with straightforward steps you can recreate on your own. The course explains the basic structure of an HTML document, shows how to add text and images, and introduces font styling with CSS. James also offers a bonus design challenge at the end of each chapter, where he asks you to think of a solution before offering his own.

Topics include:
  • Choosing a code editor
  • Coding a basic page
  • Adding headings
  • Formatting paragraphs
  • Creating lists
  • Inserting images
  • Linking to internal and external pages
  • Linking to downloadable content
  • Building tables with headers and captions
  • Creating inline CSS styles
  • Changing the color and font of your text
Subjects:
Web Web Design Web Development
Software:
HTML
Author:
James Williamson

Linking to downloadable resources

Occasionally, you may want to give users the ability to download a file or resource on your site and most, of the time you can do this by simply using a basic link. Now, to show you how this works, we're going to use the resource.htm file, and you can find that in 04_03. Now you're also going to notice in this directory I have a folder called _assets, and inside that I have two files here. I have the PDF file and then I have the same PDF file that's zipped up. So most of the time when you link to a PDF file, people have the ability to look at that within their browser. But perhaps you want to give them the ability to also download this PDF file, so they can print about later on or do something else with it.

If a browser cannot render that particular resource within the browser window, it gives the user the option to download that to their hard drive, so all you have to do, really, is just point to it. Now you may also notice that throughout the course certain directories are going to have underscores in front of their names. Typically, if there are directories for images or external resources like styles or external scripts, or in this case external assets, I'll put an underscore in front of it. It's a pretty common web practice. There's two reasons for that. Number one, these directories will show up at the top of any list, so it makes it very easy to find them and you don't have to hunt and peck through the alphabetical order of directories in order to find your scripts and your assets and things like that.

But the other thing is that it clearly delineates the contents of this particular directory are not part of the website; in terms of the page structure, they're simply resources. So that's another reason why you might see that frequently within sites. Okay, so the first thing I'm going to do here is create an anchor link, and I'm going to start with the href attribute, and I'm going to point that directly to the ZIP file, and to do that we have to go into the assets directory, so I'm going to do _assets. So remember, we still have to resolve that link, and here I'm going to do syntax.zip, and then remember to close the link tag.

So really, that's nothing that we haven't done already. It's just that instead of pointing to an HTML file, what we're doing is we're pointing to, in this case, a ZIP file. So if I save this and then preview this in my browser, when I click on this link now I'm given the option to go ahead and either try to open this particular file or save it. So this syntax should work with most external resources that you might want to link to, although occasionally you might have a more complex file type that requires some type of additional scripting. You'd be really careful about the types of files that you link to as well.

Users are understandably sensitive about downloading certain file types, so be sure to take that into consideration when linking to external resources.

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